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Cannabis market could aid DeKalb

By Payton Higgins | September 22, 2019

DeKalb’s decision to allow the cannabis market into the county could ultimately revitalize DeKalb’s economy and NIU’s appeal to current and prospective students.The DeKalb City Council met Sept. 9 for a Committee of the Whole meeting, where it discussed...

Credit hours should reflect hours spent

Credit hours should reflect hours spent

By Jordan Radloff | September 18, 2019

The process of picking out classes relies heavily on credit hours and making sure there are enough in a schedule. The number value of credit hours should be a more accurate representation of the amount of hours students spend on a course through lecture,...

Vape users should take caution

Vape users should take caution

By Jordan Radloff | September 16, 2019

Vaping is a trend that has grown since 2011, according to Euromonitor International. What started as a method of assisting people to quit smoking cigarettes, as marketed by Juul and other vape manufacturers, has become a new way for non-smokers to be...

Infographic describing types of vaping devices.

NIU community reacts to national trend of vape-related deaths

By Noah Johnson | September 16, 2019

In light of an ongoing investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding an influx of reported lung illnesses associated with e-cigarette use, NIU community members were asked to react to the recent news.Out of the 380 cases reported...

Point/ counterpoint: Texting and driving laws

By Jordan Radloff and Nicole Kain | September 15, 2019

Texting while driving law too stringentJordan Radloff | Contributor A law pertaining to distracted driving laws was recently passed by the Illinois General Assembly to change Section 5 of the Illinois Vehicle Code. The new law was put into effect on...

Egyptian Theatre screens classic films for 90th birthday

By Parker Otto | September 13, 2019

DeKALB - Starting Sunday, The Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. 2nd St., will screen classic films as part of The Classic Film Series. Taking place from September until May, The Egyptian Theatre will play nine classic films once a month. The first film will be...

Library exhibits world cultures with 8 Countries in 1 Day

By Noah Johnson | September 9, 2019

The DeKalb Public Library held 8 Countries in 1 Day Saturday, an annual sponsored event which aimed to celebrate culture.The countries presented to attendees were Norway, South Korea, Zimbabwe, Japan, Thailand, Australia, Italy and Canada.Stations representing...

Democratic candidate for state representative pushes for bipartisan collaboration

By Dan Doren | September 6, 2019

Paul Stoddard, a DeKalb County Board member running for state representative of the 70th Illinois House district in 2020, had his campaign kick-off event 5:30 p.m. Thursday at 720 Somonauk Street in Sycamore. There, Stoddard gave a speech on his reasons...

Representative Underwood talks gun control, healthcare at town hall

By Kierra Frazier | September 5, 2019

U.S. Representative Lauren Underwood held a town hall for students on Tuesday and discussed how Congress plans to reauthorize the Higher Education Act this fall.The town hall meeting was the first one Underwood held specifically for college students....

Accident or crime scene cordon tape

Video shows DeKalb police officer choking, tasing man

By Kierra Frazier | August 28, 2019

A DeKalb police officer has been temporarily reassigned to his administrative duties after a video posted online showed him choking a man during an arrest on Aug. 24.The DeKalb Police Department is reviewing available video footage and statements regarding...

How will recreational marijuana affect the NIU community?

By Noah Johnson | August 26, 2019

With Gov. J.B. Pritzker signing House Bill 1438 in June, the long-standing era of marijuana prohibition will come to an end for the state of Illinois starting Jan. 1.   The bill aims to regulate and tax cannabis in a similar manner to alcohol, while...

After a groundbreaking ceremony in May, The Egyptian Theatre has been under construction to add modern elements to the theater including air-conditioning, larger bathrooms and new carpeting.

Egyptian Theatre continues construction for 90th birthday

By Parker Otto | August 26, 2019

After a groundbreaking ceremony in May, The Egyptian Theatre has been under construction to add modern elements to the theater including air-conditioning, larger bathrooms and new carpeting.